Try sailing on Barton Broad – 19 May 2018
Calling all would be sailors.
On Saturday 19th May Norfolk Punt Club are offering you the chance to sail (free of charge) in a range of boats including the very fast Norfolk Punt featured on the BBC recently. You may also sail in a dingy, keel boat and River Cruiser. Experienced skippers will take you around the beautiful Barton Broad to see the wildlife, including Marsh Harriers and other reed bed dwellers. Sample the delights of a ‘Punt Club afternoon tea’ on the pontoon in the middle of the broad. The club will provide “water taxis” from Barton Turf Staithe to ferry you out to the pontoon at 12.30 and 2.00pm. Taxis will bring you back at 4.30pm.
As it is also a Royal Wedding Day there will be a ”bit of a party” on the pontoon so bring a picnic if you want to and a few pounds for tea and cake. We can lend you Buoyancy Aids but please dress in suitable clothes that will keep you warm and can suffer splashing. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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Great fun was had by all at the second annual Barton Bunny Easter Pursuit race yesterday, this year sponsored by the White Horse Inn.
Despite the weather forecast and very cold conditions a small, perfectly formed clutch of boats set off in four separate starts to enjoy the first race of the season. The S/SE breeze was mainly gentle and the rain held off at first but the wind chill factor was extremely challenging. The first shower was about bearable but the later, heavier, longer one, after around 1 hour 40 mins defeated a couple of crews who retired from the back of the fleet, very cold and wet. Smiles came back to their faces with cups of tea and a piece of cake in their hands.
100 £s raised for the club Centenary Fund
8 cakes (maybe more… we lost count)
5 cake bakers
3 safety boat crews – taking turns for hot drinks on the pontoons
2 tea hut supremos
1 wrong turn (must write course on hand in future!)
0 capsizes (but lots of near misses)
All the bunnies went home with chocolate imitations of themselves – and carrots.
It was good to see so many visitors and old Punt Club members taking time out from their Easter breaks in Norfolk to brave the conditions and support the race.
Looking forward to next year already – and hoping for a later, warmer Easter!
Want to know what to do in this situation?
do you want to be able to drive a safety boat and help with duties on a Sunday.
Already have your powerboat L2 but would like to improve your skills and really learn to rescue boats and people safely.
Powerboat Level 2 Training Course 14 – 15th April This course is the basic handling course and is the minimum requirement for doing safety boat duty for the Club.
Without enough safety boat drivers Club racing and other activities will not happen. 6 places only.
SAFETY BOAT TRAINING 21 – 22nd April
If you have already passed your Level 2 Powerboat course or are experienced in powerboat handling then you need to do the Safety boat training. This course trains you to rescue people and boats.
Ideally everyone driving the club safety boats should have this level of skill. 12 places only.
Both these courses will cost £30, which covers the coursebook, fuel and certificates and is heavily subsided by the Club and the Instructors who give their time for free. Please complete the application form and return to Ian.
Ian Mason has kindly offered to do refresher sessions for anyone who has their L2 but feels they need some practice. These will happen anytime Ian is out on the Broad on a Saturday.
Contact Ian if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
We may be sociable and informal but we race by The Rules and its essential we all understand these
So once again we have arranged a pre-season ‘teach-in’ from Mike McNamara about the racing rules. This will be the third year in a row that he has kindly agreed to do this for us; the others have been very successful (and entertaining) – so don’t miss out.
- 20 April 2018, time tbc (probably 6.30 for 7pm)
- Horning Sailing Club (with special thanks to the HSC Committee)
- Cost: £5 per head
- Informal gathering in The Swan afterwards.
Many thanks to Carol Watson for making this happen. Do contact her with any queries or special requests
To book your place, please email Carol telling her
- how many places you want
- how much money you have transferred by BACS to the NPC account – Please add Reference: Rules [your name] (Account
We will confirm the details nearer the time.
Hope to see you there!